the Temple of Aggregated Optimizations Re: The First Church of Robotics
- From: Yevgen Barsukov <evgenijb@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Wed, 11 Aug 2010 07:15:47 -0700 (PDT)
casey <jgkjca...@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
Evolution is a simple process and so is all intelligence.
There is no magic complexity in any of it, it's just
different forms of reinforcement learning systems - which
at their core, are all dead simple.
And you are dead wrong. Yes RL and natural selection are
simple mechanisms but the environment to bring about all
these complexities is not itself simple.
I would like to give it yet anther spin. Both of the involved
1) mechanisms of the evolution (selection, memory, replication), and
2) the environment laws that shape evolution (second law of
accelerating entropy increase and use of released energy
to counteract own complexity)
But the RESULT of evolution that continued for several billions of
under continuously changing, while still simple, environment, is NOT
just because the process (1) is ACCUMULATIVE. It is accumulating and
the empirically found answers posed by (2) over extremely long periods
The resulting aggregated knowledge can be arbitrarily complex.
To give you an example, imagine that you are entering a labyrinth with
a notepad in your hand. You have a simple rule - you record a right
turn that you are making, and crossing out all the "bad" turns. After
long time you emerge on the exit of the labyrinth with your notepad
the optimal walk-through map.
Now, both the method you used to record your turns,
and the goal you had (coming through) are very simple.
The labyrinth structure could also be very simple, in fact it can be
random so it would not have any structure.
But the complexity of the map you got as the result is going to be
only by the size of the labyrinth!
The same thing is with complexity of Life and of our "cross organism"
intelligence. Life has accumulated its "map", now stored in the
genetic code, over
2 billions of years. The complexity of the map is immense and
loss would be completely unrecoverable (except by going through the
again!) therefore we should not get careless or disrespectful to it
we know basic principles behinds its aquisition.
If there anything that we would call "magic" (in the sense of great
and admiration), that map of optimization accumulated over billions of
would definitely deserve such designation.
"Cross organism" intelligence that our society possess and which is
to existence of conceptual language, is a much more recent phenomenon,
and its "map" has been accumulating only for approximately 100 000
But even that is nothing to sneer at, considering much accelerated
rate of accumulation.
It is is sufficient time to accumulate amazing complexity and to force
us to (mentally)
recline our heads in respect.
This ACCUMULATED COMPLEXITY is the temple to the legitimate God of the
new enlightened religion of information age. It is well worthy of our
admiration. Of cause with all amazement to the great past achievements
accumulated in this temple, our eyes should still remain on the future
(what we will ADD to this temple). And of cause there are mistakes in
temple, nothing is sacred except God himself! So our dedication should
be to the God himself - which is the Law that shapes the evolution:
second law of thermodynamics to which eternal service any form of Life
until the thermal death of universe will release us from our duties.
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